Providing dignity and hope for patients and their families is both challenging and rewarding.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the female clinicians worldwide who join us to bridge access to treatment for their patients.
One of the things I observed at Maputo Central Hospital was the level of comfort and trust between the physician and the patient. It is remarkable because until today the doctors had no effective treatment to give. And yet the patients came back, time after time, for regular check-ups, never losing hope.
Dr. Quessar and Naima are a shining example of how a treatment access program, a dedicated physician, and a determined patient can not only extend their life, but continue living it with dignity and with hope.
David Verga, Communications Manager for The Max Foundation, reflects on his recent experiences interviewing patient leaders from across Africa at the recent Max Global Experience: Uganda.
The story of Malick, a 64-year-old father and cancer survivor from Senegal, whose life has been changed by gaining access to treatment through Max Access Solutions.
The story of Kankou, a 37-year-old mother and cancer survivor from Senegal, who makes a recurring, 450km, “last mile” journey to access cancer medication donated through The Max Foundation.
Read the story of Alassane, a leukemia patient from Senegal now receiving a lifesaving second-line medication through our Max Access Solutions, and the incredible 700km "last mile" journey he must make to access the treatment.
For many people facing cancer, the “last mile” in treatment access is a long, expensive, and recurring journey. But in Constantine’s case, even this journey may not be enough. The distance itself is not so far but the journey is long – 8 hours by public buses and transport. Constantine, like so many others around the world, has a rare form of leukemia called CML (chronic myeloid leukemia).
Are you ready for an unforgettable summer? This August, we invite you to join us for the Max Global Experience – Uganda to be part of the African patient journey by walking a mile (or 365!) in the shoes of African cancer survivors who often must travel for miles and even days to access treatment for their cancer.
The passing of our dear friend, advocate and colleague Ferdinand, has shaken the close-knit global chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) community. CML, a rare form of leukemia that used to be fatal, now is treated with innovative targeted therapies commonly referred to as TKIs. There has been unprecedented global access to these TKIs and this has fostered the development of one of the strongest global patient communities for a rare cancer. Ferdinand, from Nairobi, Kenya, was a loved member of this community.
This has been an incredible year. The Max Foundation not only celebrated 20 wonderful years of impacting and changing lives it also expanded its horizons. We are embracing new challenges...